08/03/15 3:42pm

Beatley Library

The Alexandria Library is pleased to announce that it now accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports at Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library located at 5005 Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Library’s trained staff is available to help you with the submission of new passport applications, supply copies of applicable forms, and provide information on other passport services. Passport application review and submission services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis during the following times:

  • Tuesday through Thursday: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

 You will need the following items to apply for a passport:

  •  Passport application form DS-11
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Photo identification
  • One 2”x2” passport photo
  • Passport fees

For applications forms, information on documentation required, fees, and a wealth of other passport and information, visit the only official website for passport information.

For more information, visit the Alexandria Library’s Passport Page or call 703-746-1702.

08/03/15 3:34pm

Nowhere to park...yet

Ad Hoc Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee Meeting to be Held August 12

The Ad Hoc Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee will hold its eighth meeting on Wednesday, August 12 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at City Hall, 301 King Street, in Room 1101 (1st Floor).  This meeting will focus on the draft pedestrian and bicycle strategies to be included in the Master Plan update.

The update of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will include an evaluation of existing conditions, issues, constraints and needs, as well as a review of existing policies, goals and objectives. Pedestrian and bicycle projects will be identified, along with future bikeshare station locations, and strategies to implement the plan.  The role of the Advisory Committee is to provide guidance to City staff on the update to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and the development of Complete Streets Design Guidelines.

For more information, including meeting materials, visit this link or contact Steve Sindiong, Principal Transportation Planner at 703.746.4047.

(Flickr Pool photo via Adam Fagen, on Flickr)

08/03/15 3:23pm

APD badgeAs we told you first, the Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in the 1000 block of First Street on Saturday, August 1, 2015.

At approximately 10:14 PM, officers responded to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, a 31 year-old male non-City resident, suffering from injuries to the lower body. He was transported to a local hospital. The victim’s injuries were identified as several non-life-threatening gunshot wounds at the hospital. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective William Oakley at 703.746.6606.

08/03/15 3:19pm

MedGen urgent care
MedGen Urgent Care has recently opened an office in the Alexandria Commons shopping center in Alexandria, Virginia. The office is located in the space previously occupied by Rick’s Wine & Gourmet next door to the Giant Food store in the shopping center. This is the first Virginia location for the company.

The facility is located at 3117 Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia and is open Monday – Saturday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Sunday’s 12:00 Noon to 8:00 PM. The office phone is 703.751.8800.

08/03/15 3:02pm


REMINDER: Please consider sharing a photo of your own pet by emailing it to me at lee[at]redbricktown[dot]us or drop it in our Flickr Pool. Please let us know the name of your pet and the neighborhood where you live.

We Alexandrians L O V E love our pets. For today’s pet photo of the day (taken by my wife Ann), here is a photo of our Bea taking in the sun in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

08/02/15 10:16pm

I took my wife to see Amy Schumer’s new comedy ‘Trainwreck‘ this weekend at the AMC Hoffman Center 22 in Alexandria.

Amy Schumer, who wrote the movie, plays a magazine writer who, thanks to her Dad (played by Colin Quinn – who was EXCELLENT in the role), is afraid of commitment. As a result, she has a lot of one-nite stands with no intimacy involved until she meets a nerdy sports doctor (Bill Hader) she has to write about. She ends up liking the nerdy sports Doctor and has to face her fear of intimacy with the good guy.

The movie is full of witty one-liners, masterfully directed by Judd Apatow, and chock full of celebrity cameos. Two of the celebrities that got the biggest laughs were LeBron James and Jon Cena.

While Schumer has written a sharp, clever screenplay that weaves the serious with the not-so serious, the movie was a little long and had quite a bit of nudity. That’s something I could have done without but, the movie really made my wife and I laugh and that’s a good thing.